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Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously Unheard Recordings

The Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page clearly likes to be in control. The British rock group, which is reissuing its first three albums on June 3, has just released two previously unheard recordings that Mr. Page, 70, found while going through the band’s archives.

"I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it," he told the BBC on Wednesday.

The two tracks are "Keys to the Highway," recorded in 1970, and an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," a big hit for the band in 1969. The earlier recording is significantly different, without some of the lyrics, chorus and instrumentation of the 1969 song. The tracks will be released officially along with the first three albums on June 3, and excerpts from them will be available before then only on the BBC website.

Mr. Page has remastered each of the albums - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, to be released by Atlantic/Swan Song - and said on the Led Zeppelin website, that accompanying companion discs will present a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time," he said.

The band, which formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980 after the death of the drummer John Bonham, got back together for a London concert seven years ago. But Robert Plant, the band’s singer, quashed any idea that another reunion is in the offing. The chances, he told the BBC, are "zero."

From: The New York Times
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